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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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The Cruel Brother i
T HERE were three ladies play'd at the ba', With a hey ho ! and a lily gay I By came a knight and he woo'd them a' As the primrose spreads so siveetly.
Sing Annet, and Marret, and fair Maisrie, As the dew hangs V the 'wood, gay ladle I
II The first ane she was clad in red : ' O lady fair, Will you be my bride ?'
The midmost ane was clad in green: ' O lady fair, will you be my queen ?'
The youngest o' them was clad in white: ' O lady fair, be my heart's delight!'—
i Sir knight ere ye my favour win, Ye maun get consent frae a' my kin.
' Ye maun go ask my father, the King: Sae maun ye ask my mither, the Queen.
' Sae maun ye ask my sister Anne, And dinna forget my brother John.5
He has sought her from her father, the King And sae did he her mither, the Queen.
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